Worth noting

Worth noting

• Entering Sunday's action, the Pirates had dropped five straight one-run games and have gone 1-7 in them since having the National League's top record in those tight games on Aug. 9 (24-17).

• As expected, right-handed reliever Chad Qualls was activated off the DL prior to Sunday's game. He had been out since Aug. 25 with discomfort in his right big toe.

• Neil Walker (lower-back tightness) took his first left-handed swings prior to Sunday's game, Jose Tabata (left foot contusion) was available off the bench and Travis Snider (strained right hamstring) remained questionable.